"40 kms of cycling tracks around Rotorua" Top 5 Page for this destination Rotorua Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

Rotorua Off The Beaten Path: 21 reviews and 23 photos

  Rotorua during the MTB World Championships.
by Kakapo2

Until I went to the World Championships in mountainbiking in Rotorua last year (2006) I was not really aware that this is probably the best place for cross country cycling in New Zealand. The Whakarewarewa Forest features a network of 40kms of mountainbike tracks which have delighted even the world's best professionals.

Those single tracks are not only suited to please cross-country bikers but include, for example, the National Downhill Track, and they are great for professionals and first-timers as well. The trails are graded from 2 to 6, and they are accessible from several carparks around the forest. For skilled riders there are several Outback Loop Trails on offer which take up to 3hrs - and a trail called No Brains... ;-)

From the steep tracks you have fantastic views over Lake Rotorua, other tracks lead along Green Lake and Blue Lake. But in total there are so many tracks and trails that you absolutely need a map. I cannot describe all the tracks in this limited space.

If you do not have your own bike you can hire one at several locations, especially a little company specialised in guided mountainbike tours. For those who want to explore the tracks on their own there is a shuttle service (but only on weekends) which can drop you off in the forest and pick you up at several other locations.

The map with all the tracks is the Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike Map.

For all information about tracks, bike hire and services check:


The bike hire and tour company is Planet Bike, it is located near SH5 to Taupo and the main MTB carpark (Waipa State Mill Rd).

Planet Bike Ltd
89 Grand Vue Rd
Phone (07) 346 1717
E-mail : lennore@bikerotorua.co.nz

On the website of the MTB club you find more places for bike hire.

The company that offers the shuttle service to the top of the forest on Sat and Sun is Southstar Shuttles.

Phone (027) 654 3038 (weekends; during the week 6pm-8pm)

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  • Written Feb 11, 2007
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